55 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, January 17

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 55 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, January 17.



      Vancouver indie-rock band the Starling Effect plays tunes from self-titled debut EP at Princeton Pub & Grill, with guests Mully & Sculder and Hotel Empress.

      American hip-hop project Zion I, founded by Baba Zombi, plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      West Coast Chicago performs its tribute to horn-driven '70s rock band Chicago at White Rock's Blue Frog Studios.

      Juno-winning duo Pharis and Jason Romero performs old-timey songs at North Van's BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin, and jazz at Maple Ridge's ACT Arts Centre.

      Surrey-based Khanvict blends the eastern influences of Bollywood and Punjabi music with West Coast bass at the Imperial Vancouver.

      American rock 'n' roll duo the King Khan & BBQ Show plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

      American hip-hop artist YBN Cordae plays the Fortune Sound Club.


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      Enjoy cheese and wine flights from around the globe with live music at Honey Salt's Wine Down Fridays.



      New York University's Adrienne Harris speaks at a forum titled The Unwelcome Child: A Developmental and Socio-political Crisis at SFU Harbour Centre.




      The Vancouver Giants take on the Victoria Royals in Western Hockey League action at the Langley Events Centre.

      The UBC Thunderbirds men's hockey team takes on the Manitoba Bison in the Winter Classic at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

      The Vancouver Warriors take on the Colorado Mammoth in National Lacross League action at Rogers Arena.



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      Comedy Here Often? at 604 Studios features standup comedy by Jake Spencer, Henok Meresa, Ola Dada, and headliner Emily Bilton.

      Performance at the Centennial Theatre by the Comic Strippers, a fictitious male stripper troupe played by a cast of improvisational comedians.




      New Zealand's Dust Palace presents The Wonderwombs, a feminist circus party for adults, at the York Theatre. Warning: explicit language, nudity, sexual content, strobe and smoke effects.



      The Vancouver Challenge Cup is a ballroom-dance competition at the Hellenic Community Centre featuring couples from Canada and the U.S.



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      The Of(f) the Mountain reading series at Massy Books features poets Shazia Hafiz Ramji (above) and Arleen Paré.

      Author Linden Carroll signs and talks about her historical novels Full Circle and Olive at North Vancouver City Library.



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      Performance at Pacific Theatre of Gramma, a poetic new tale of human connection in the loneliest of circumstances.

      Performance at Chan Centre's Telus Studio Theatre of The Changeling, Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s sensual and dark 17th-century English tragedy.

      Performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of House and Home, a comedic take on Vancouver’s current housing crisis.

      Performance at the Historic Theatre of Infinity, a new comedy-drama about love, sex, and math.

      Performance at Havana Theatre of Artisanal Intelligence, a comedy with new music about robots and hipsters.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of Always a Bridesmaid, which explores the relationships between four southern belles who promised to be the bridesmaids for each other.



      Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the development of Sherman’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day, with selections from each of her major series, including new and rarely seen works.

      Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries at the Vancouver Art Gallery is drawn primarily from the gallery’s permanent collection.

      Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of twenty-one Indigenous artists from around the Pacific.

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.




      Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC showcases ceramic works by 11 B.C.-based artists expressing strong opinions on urgent social issues.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.

      Ship's Company: The Royal Canadian Navy at Work & Play at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features photography by Kathryn Mussallem celebrating the diverse humanity of Canadian naval forces. 

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.



      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, plus ziplines, skiing and snowboarding, a sliding zone, snowshoeing, and a skating pond.

      Hastings Racecourse features indoor and outdoor viewing of live thoroughbreed racing, simulcast betting, restaurants and lounges, and a gaming floor with over 600 slot machines. 

      Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge features festive light displays on the suspension bridge, Cliffwalk, and Treetops Adventure areas, until January 26.

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

      North Vancouver's Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

      Richmond's Steveston Village is an historic fishing village that's home to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Steveston Museum, the Steveston Tram, and London Heritage Farm.

      Granville Island in False Creek features a public market, artisan gift shops, studios, galleries, microbrewery tours, and is home to the Arts Club Theatre and Vancouver TheatreSports.

      West Vancouver's Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse with viewpoint.



      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of David Lynch bizarre mystery-thriller Blue Velvet, starring Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rosselini.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Le BonheurAgnès Varda’s 1965 film about a happy family man who decides to increase his happiness by taking a mistress.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Uncut Gemsan Adam Sandler-starring thriller about a New York jeweller who bets the farm on uncut black opals he smuggles in from Ethopia.


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